Property at a Glance: Mayne Island Resort
The best feature of Mayne Island Resort is its view—the resort overlooks Bennett Bay in the Gulf Islands. Floor-to-ceiling windows in inn rooms and villas, the Bennett Bay Bistro, and the indoor pool deck offer plenty of chances to savor the resplendent scenery. Additionally, all rooms and villas have private balconies facing the ocean.
- Stroll to the beach to go swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and paddleboarding.
- Borrow a bicycle to explore more of Mayne Island; they’re free to guests.
- Sustainable seafood is on the menu at Bennett Bay Bistro, along with housemade desserts.
- Indulge in a couples massage at Aquaflora Spa, which uses locally crafted organic products from Sea Wench Naturals.
- Pick up beer and wine in the onsite liquor store.
Mayne Island, British Columbia: Hiking and Wildlife Watching in the Gulf Islands
The first thing you notice on the ferry to Mayne Island is the red-and-white lighthouse atop Georgia Point. It has marked the entrance to Active Pass since 1885; stand at its base for far-reaching views of the Strait of Georgia and to spot harbor seals and pods of orcas frolicking in the waters below. A few miles south of here lies Bennett Bay. In addition to having one of the island’s best swimming beaches, it’s a scenic spot to kayak and hike to Campbell Point for views of Mount Baker. You can get an even better view of the surrounding Gulf Islands from atop Mount Parke, the island’s highest point. The wooded trek to the 607-foot summit takes about 45 minutes.
Mayne Island is also a good jumping-off point for exploring the rest of the Gulf Islands. It lies right at the center of this group of six islands off the southwestern coast of Vancouver and is a hub of transportation between the islands. The Gulf Islands ferry system connects Mayne Island with all others in the chain—Pender, Saturna, Galiano, Salt Spring, and Gabriola Islands—as well as the much larger Vancouver Island.